Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm EST
leadership on this issue and i thank majority leader reid for assuring we have the opportunity to debate and consider these amendments and the very important issues that they reflect here today. i urge all of my colleagues to consider carefully and then support these amendments to the f.a.a. we cannot let the impending deadline distract us from the important opportunity to conduct oversight and implement responsible reforms. to simply be rushed to passage when we have known the deadline was approaching for years strikes me as an abrogation of our fundamental oversight responsibility. in my view, this chamber deserves a full and informed debate about our intelligence-gathering procedures and their potentially very real impact on americans' privacy rights, and we need it sooner rather than later. these amendments would allow us to have that conversation and to work together on a path that strikes the essential balance between privacy and security for the citizens of these united states. thank you. with that, madam president, i yield the floor. madam president, i note the absence of a quoru
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
vote in relation to amendment number 3435, offered by the senator from oregon, mr. merkley. mr. reid: mr. president? mr. president? could we have order. the presiding officer: yes. order, please. mr. merkley: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: and, please. mr. reid: mr. president, we're going to have two more votes tonight. they will both be ten minutes in duration, in addition to the debate time that's already been established. then we're going to move in a very direct way to complete as much of the debate time on the amendments on the supplemental. it's extremely important we get this debate completed tonight so we can start voting in the morning. we have already set up, we're going to have some votes in the morning. we're going to come in probably about 9:30 and start voting. we have a lot to do. it would really be good if people who have amendments on the supplemental, use your debate time tonight. we're going to have no more votes tonight but tomorrow there's going to be limited amount of debate time. so
Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST
objection the majority leader. mr. reid: new year's eve is fast approaching and for decades and decades the american people have watched the ball drop in times square. it's the countdown to midnight, the start of a new year. but this year, mr. president, the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop. because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. come the first of this year, americans will have less income than they have today. if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak with four days left after today before the first of the year aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll give them 48 hours' notice. i can't imagine their consciences. they're out wherever they are, around the country, and we're here trying to get something done. they are not in washington, d.c. the house of representatives are not here. they couldn't even get the leadership together yesterday. they had to do it with a teleconference. the republican leadership rep
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
, we have to have that first vote done in a timely way so that both senator reid and senator mcconnell can leave to have the designated meeting with president obama. mr. cochran: mr. president, let me join with the senator from maryland in commending all senators for the expeditious way we've been able to move this bill but particularly the chairwoman herself, who's provided strong leadership, capable leadership, fairness, a sense of fairness for all senators, and i thank her for the honor of serving with her on this committee. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senate senatorses can attend the weekly caucus meetings. this morning they approve and extension of the farm intelligence v it allows the government to continue intercepting overseas communication. it extends legal immunity phone companies that help the government wiretap the domestic phone calls. president obama plans to sign the bill. when the senate is back we are expecting senators to continued work on the $60 billion hurricane sandy relief package. negotiations continue on avoiding the so-called fiscal cl
Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm EST
there were three americans who were wounded in one of them his son walter reid hospital. >> is one of them? any idea how bad their injured? >> yes, sir. the gentleman, our colleague at walter reid was injured very badly. >> so whenever we found out this attack to plate, how long did it take us to get there, to fly to hope this people we knew were wounded. how long did it take to get their boarded the plane leave from and where did it land? >> a plane left from tripoli as i mentioned before. >> elicited in tripoli? >> the chartered aircraft as soon as they found out -- >> would've a chartered airplane take off from? >> tripoli. >> so flew to benghazi? i wanted to sit on the tarmac? >> the team was better for three hours while they were trying to determine what happened to ambassador stevens. >> what time did we get them -- where did we fight back to? >> i'm sorry -- >> he said he flew from tripoli to benghazi, picked up our dead and wounded. wear them? >> dÉgas benghazi than tripoli, then the embassy nurse behaved heroically during that period. then they were evacuated to germany. >>
Dec 26, 2012 9:00am EST
, fight-4 and half of the country agree with me but when a senator reid said it's the most remarkable thing about that case is never remarked so it's still very unpopular and very wrong despite that people follow it. no guns, no rights and when i tell the university students to talk about that the same words etc. i say you're thinking too bad there were not some riots. before you think that you turn on your television set and see what happens in countries that solve their problems that way so what i see everyday in the courtroom is people that by and large have somehow, i don't know how, it's partly education, it's partly that they think it's normal. so i can write down my list and i asked my colleagues i said and in this alert the same questions you asked and justice kennedy goes over to china and he understands it pretty well. i said what would you say as to what steps you take so we wrote down eight or nine. but ultimately what you are working towards is a general understanding. i felt my own way of expressing that of with that understanding has to be. and maybe you can get their.
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to. mr. reid: mr. president? mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. the senate will come to order. mr. reid: mr. president, i am told by the manager of this bill, senator mikulski, that they think they can complete work on this legislation supplemental in the next couple of hours. i hope that's the case. maybe we can even do it more quickly. what the plan is -- i've talked to the republican leader about this generally, not specifically -- is that everyone knows we've been to the white house. we've had a constructive meeting. we certainly hope that something will, positive will come from that. the republican leader and i and our staffs are working to see what we can come up with. it shouldn't take a long time to do that. i think it would be to everyone's interest if we were not in session tomorrow. it's my plan to come in at 1:00. we have an hour under our previous agreement that we have on galante. there is an hour of debate on that. we would have a vote -- we have another vote that's been set up by -- bair.
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
. and i urge "no" on the coburn amendment. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: for the information of all senators, we're going to have two votes before we break for our caucuses. the republicans have a caucus. we have one. we're going to -- so we'll have two votes before lunch. and then at 2:00 we'll have another vote. if the meetings run over a little bit, that will give 15 minutes to get here to vote. then senator mcconnell and i are going to be indies posed from -- indisposed from 3:00 until 4:00, so we'll have a brief time there. and then we'll finish the bill, we hope, after that. ms. mikulski: if the leader could withhold for a moment. the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. mr. reid: mr. president. the order says we'll come back at 2:15. i ask that be modified that we come back at 2:00. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. mikulski: if i might discuss with the leader, and with the -- the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. ms. mikulski: the senator from oklahoma has a series of amendments, and i wonder if we